Egg Harbor City, NJ, amended its vacant property registration ordinance, allowing certain exemptions

Egg Harbor City, NJ: City Council amended the vacant property registration ordinance to allow for certain exemptions for some properties.

The amendment allows Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and any loan service acting on their behalf to select a box (to be added) on the City’s vacant property registration form, which would signify exemption from paying the registration fees for a vacant property; as well as exemption from some fines or penalties that could otherwise be assessed for that vacant property.

The decision came as a preemptive measure due to notification by the Federal Housing Administration to the City, regarding a comparison of the fees to the levying of a tax on and placing a burden on the federal government; which could run afoul of Article 6 of the Constitution’s “Supremacy Clause.”




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